Typically the serial number is meaningless. Most batteries have some type of date code; if you can't find anything obvious, take it to a battery shop and see if they can find the date.Wondering if my battery is the original one.
No problems, car starts right away, lights burn bright and tested as good at the local auto parts store. Showed 13.6 volts when it was tested for emissions also.
serial number engraved in battery is 6803D54
Actually my battery lasted just over 6 years, if you reach 6 years, you did great, a few even said that they have gone over 7 years. However, most start to fail after 6YO if not sooner..:devil:Looks original, if you have ever replaced one of these it's not a 5 minute job if you have any concerns get a new one you did not say what year your car is but most new car batteries are good for about four to five years
Mine was almost 7 1/2 years when I replaced it this past spring as preventative maintenance. It was still strong, operating normally, no indication that it might be "getting old".Thanks again for the responses. The build date of the car is 02/06 from the sticker on the drivers door jamb.
If we could learn the definitive coding for the engraved number on the battery that would be helpful in affirming for sure just how old this battery is.
It works great and tested very well that it makes me wonder a bit if it really is the original one or if maybe was replaced with an OEM some time ago.
As the car was built Feb of 06, if this is the original battery it has lasted well over 7 years and still going strong.
Just a tip...don't put too much faith in testing. A few years ago, I took the family to Niagara Falls in February and actually went through the trouble of having the battery tested before we left. Even though it tested "perfectly fine", we had to call AAA twice.It works great and tested very well that it makes me wonder a bit if it really is the original one or if maybe was replaced with an OEM some time ago.
Chicken - thanks for posting up - as yours is original would you mind checking the engraved serial number for grins and comparison ?? Would appreciate it.Yes, parasitic loads on a battery can be a bad thing. Lead acid batteries don't like to get drained and if they do, it accelerates their demise. Same thing if they freeze.
I'm taking the lead of others here and replacing the batter soon as I know it is original and it's going to be 7 years old this fall. No problems yet, but I'm not going to wait.